The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Social Science) one-year full-time programme offering learners a coordinated, integrated and supported year of study. It has been designed for learners who do not have the necessary entry requirements for undergraduate study at University or for learners who are looking for a change in career. You will gain the knowledge, academic skills and confidence necessary for successful entry into undergraduate courses or to boost your career prospects. You will study the equivalent of 3 A Levels in one year of study. Our vocationally experienced and enthusiastic teaching team will provide the right level of support to keep you motivated and on track. The team fully understands the needs of learners and can give you the guidance you need.


Location: Central Sixth

Start Date: 07/09/20


You will need GCSE English at Grade A-C (4-9) or equivalent (Level 2 Functional Skills) and GCSE Maths at Grade A-C (4-9) or equivalent (Level 2 Functional Skills).
Some Universities will only accept GCSEs to meet entry requirements. They will also require you to have additional GCSEs at Grade A-C (4-9) for some courses, including a science for the Health pathway.
You will need to attend an interview to ensure you will be able to cope with the academic requirements of the course. This will include a numeracy and literacy assessment.
There is no mandatory placement within the course, however it would be beneficial to have either paid or voluntary work experience in your chosen area to support your application to University and your academic work at college.


Social Science modules include Sociology, Social Policy, Psychology, Criminology, Social Work, Government and Politics and Skills for Learning.
University Progression Routes: Social Work, Psychology, Social Policy, Criminology, Law, Business, Government and Politics, International Relations, Working with Children and Families, Criminal Justice System, Probation Service, Policing, Human Resource Management, Teaching.

The course is taught over 3 days between Monday and Friday and comprises 16.5 hours of contact time. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you throughout your period of study and you will complete a ‘Steps to Success’ portfolio to enable progression to Higher Education.


Learning is assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you to study at university. These may include essays, report writing, timed assessments under controlled conditions, online assessment, and presentations.

You must achieve 60 credits at Level 3. 45 are Graded Credits in Academic Modules at Pass, Merit or Distinction, and 15 are Ungraded Credits in Skills for Learning.


In 2017-18 97% of learners achieved undergraduate places at University, with the remaining 3% entering employment. Progression routes for each pathway are extremely varied and listed above (under what the course involves).

97% of learners gain places at University, and 3% enter employment!

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